Canal Winchester High School swimming and diving coach Julie Pastor realizes that the Division I sectional Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington likely will be the final meet of the season for the majority of her swimmers.
If that proves true, she is hoping they go out on a high note.
"Most of our kids are probably too inexperienced to go far in the Division I (postseason) meets, but I want to see all of our kids swim their best times of the season at sectional," Pastor said. "Whether they have a shot at making it to district or not, I'm hoping that swimming against strong Division I swimmers will help make our kids swim their best times at Upper Arlington."
The winner of each sectional event qualifies for the district meet Feb. 16 at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths will be awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites. Divers do not compete until the district meet.
Last season, the girls team scored 31 points and placed ninth in the sectional at UA behind champion UA (446).
Qualifying for district were 2012 graduate Hanna Klatt, Kasey Pastor, Devon Shull and Lexie Meade in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 200 medley relay, Meade in the 50 free and Pastor in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.
At district, Meade placed 26th in the 50 free (26.42 seconds), Pastor was 27th in the 100 fly (1:04.12) and 25th in the 200 IM (2:24.26), the 200 free relay placed 25th (1:50.75) and the 200 medley relay was 26th (2:02.96).
The boys team scored 33 points at sectional last season to finish 10th behind champion UA (397.5) and had two district qualifiers.
At district, 2012 graduate Sam Decker won the 50 free (program-record 20.89) and finished fourth in the 100 free (47.14) and Wyatt Meade finished 18th in the 200 IM (2:06.6) and 25th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.25).
Decker advanced to the state meet at Branin Natatorium in Canton in both events, placing third in the 50 free (21.2) and ninth in the 100 free (46.68).
"We're hoping to get decent times at sectional to set ourselves up for district," Wyatt Meade said. "Personally, I'm hoping to break two minutes in the 200 IM and get down to 54 seconds in the 100 back."
The girls team scored 75 points and placed fifth in the MSL meet Jan. 26 at Columbus Academy, behind Granville (421), Academy (273), Bexley (116) and Grandview (112) and ahead of Teays Valley (64), Heath (42), Bloom-Carroll (41), Circleville (29), Newark Catholic (27), Amanda-Clearcreek (20), Liberty Union (18), Fisher Catholic (14), Lakewood (2), Logan Elm (1) and Fairfield Union (1).
Lexie Meade placed second in the 200 free (2:05:79) and fourth in the 500 free (5:44:32) and teamed with Shull, Pastor and Chloe Palmer to finish fourth in the 200 medley relay (2:10.29) and fifth in the 200 free relay (1:55.85).
Shull placed eighth in the 100 breast (1:42:52) and ninth in the 100 free (1:02:51).
"I'm really proud of my team," Lexie Meade said. "We're a small team, with only five club swimmers, but we just focused on having fun and everyone is satisfied with how they did.
"My times in the 200 free and 500 free weren't season-bests for me, but I'm look- ing forward to tapering and dropping time at sectional and district."
Even though Wyatt Meade was the only representative for the boys team in the MSL meet, the Indians placed ninth (29) behind Granville (299), Academy (166), Grandview (147), Bexley (143), Liberty Union (102), Bloom-Carroll (95), Teays Valley (83) and Lakewood (42) and ahead of Heath (25), Fisher Catholic (24), Amanda-Clearcreek (21), Licking Valley (19) and Circleville (13).
Meade won the 100 back (57.75) and placed second in the 200 IM (2:07.25).
"I feel really good about how I swam," he said. "I got my best time in the 100 back by a couple hundredths of a second and I was surprised with my time in the 200 IM because it was just a second behind my best time."
Boys basketball team having ups and downs
The boys basketball team went 1-1 in MSL-Buckeye games last week, coming from behind to win one of the games and squandering a lead in the other, to move to 6-9 overall and 6-4 in the league.
On Jan. 22, the Indians rallied from an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Logan Elm 53-51.
Canal Winchester closed the game on a 14-4 run, capped by a 10-foot basket by forward Seth McCoy with three seconds remaining. Forward Skyler Scott had 16 points to pace the Indians.
On Jan. 26, Canal Winchester held a one-point lead through three quarters but was outscored 17-11 in the fourth quarter of a 46-41 loss to Amanda-Clearcreek.
Guard Thomas Nolan had 20 points and McCoy scored 11 to lead the Indians.
The Indians will play host to Circleville in a league game Friday, Feb. 1. They beat the Tigers 52-40 on Dec. 22, as Nolan had 11 points and McCoy and guard Jalen Smith both scored 10.